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Pastor’s message – Epiphany 2022

Dear Beloved Parishioners,

Epiphany means manifestation. What the Church celebrates today is the manifestation of our Lord to the whole world; after being made known to the shepherds of Bethlehem He is revealed to the Magi who have come from the East to adore Him. All Christian tradition has ever seen in the Magi the first fruits of the Gentiles; they lead in their wake all the peoples of the earth, and thus the Epiphany is an affirmation of universal salvation. St. Leo brings out this point admirably in a sermon, in which he shows in the adoration of the Magi the beginnings of Christian faith, the time when the great mass of the heathen sets off to follow the star which summons it to seek its Saviour. It is comforting to know that Christ is our Saviour and that God never left us. We continue to be hopeful that together, we will conquer this pandemic. In faith, we will continue the mission of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ by spreading God’s love and charity to everyone we meet. Merry Christmas again and let’s have a safe and HEALTHY New Year!

                                                                                                                         -Fr. Rene



Dear Beloved Parishioners,

With gratitude and joy, I extend to each of you warm wishes for a Blessed Christmas!

It is human nature to take things for granted. When we woke up this morning, what was the first thought that came to mind?

Was it the meeting to attend? Was it the breakfast to prepare? Was it the endless to-do list for the day? Did any of us stop to think about how lucky we are to be able to wake up?

One of the things we take for granted is the gift of life. Do we realize that every day is a blessing, that being alive itself is a miracle?

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, let us acknowledge the gift of life the Father has given us. Let us have a renewed appreciation for His invitation to be His child. Let us consciously see the blessings that He has bestowed on us to help us live our lives for His greater glory.

Giving a twist to the town of Colma’s humorous slogan, “It’s great to be alive in Colma,” may our motto be “We are grateful to be alive!” Taking the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, “When people are grateful, they come alive,” may we, through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, live gratefully so we may come alive!

May God bless you with good health, love, peace, hope, and joy!

- Fr. Rene


Archdiocesan Annual Appeal 2021
My Dear Parishioners,
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has always depended on the support and generosity of its members to educate the youth, reach out to our young adults, help feed the hungry, care for our elderly and help in a variety of other ministries.
The Archdiocesan Annual Appeal is an important way for each of us to contribute to the work of the local Church. The Appeal helps fund many ministries and services within our Archdiocese that support the ongoing work of Christ. Through our gift to the Appeal - large or small - we are called to respond to this need.
On behalf of all those who depend on the ministries and services of the Archdiocese, I ask you to prayerfully consider supporting the 2021 Archdiocesan Appeal. Your support will truly help change the lives of those who benefit from these programs and services.
Our parish obligation this year is $134,315.00. A successful Appeal benefits the entire Archdiocese and assists our own Parish as well. As part of the Archdiocese, we are required to meet this assessed obligation. As of January 04, 2022, we have received $66,070.00 and we are $68,245.00 short of our campaign goal. 
I thank you for your prayerful consideration of this request. I also thank you for your commitment to our parish family as together, we each do our part to help meet this responsibility.
In Christ, 
Fr. Rene


Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



  • At this time, we are celebrating one weekday (public) Mass at 9:00 AM, Monday thru Saturday.  Saturday (vigil) Mass at 5:00 PM and  Sunday Masses will be offered at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:30 AM. 

  • We are all asked by the Archdiocese to continue to wear a mask at all times while inside the church and maintain a social distance of three (3) feet.
  • Thanks to the Knights of Saint Cecilia for religiously manning the church and making it possible to keep the church open every day for visitation, Monday thru Saturday, from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM, holidays excepted.
  • Effective Thursday, June 24th, the Sunday Mass Obligation is restored by the Archbishop. However, as before the pandemic, individuals who are ill, (or - for medical reasons - at serious risk of infection), are dispensed from attending Mass as stipulated by Canon Law.
  • Remember: All Parish Masses are live-streamed, seven days a week via the parish website,


The priests and staff of St. Cecilia continue to pray for the health and safety of our parishioners and their families. While we are gradually resuming parish activities, the impact of COVID-19 on our global community remains an ongoing challenge.  As we go about the daily life of the parish as best we can, we wanted to update you on a few important matters and resources:



Please call our office if you would like to schedule a confession. You do not need to necessarily leave your name or any other identifying information but we do need a way to contact you in order to schedule a time for the appointment. At a minimum, please leave a phone number, and one of the priests will return your call. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the current health crisis.

If someone is critically ill and in danger of death or has died, please call our emergency contact phone number anytime, day or night, at 415-535-8719, and a priest will return your call.

To request a Mass Intention, please call the Parish Office at 415-664-8481 or email Irma Lavitoria at and provide the following information:
1.  Name of the person the Mass Intention is for and whether the person is living or deceased.
2.  Your name or the name of the person offering the Mass Intention.
3.  Your phone number and whether you would like a Mass card.
4.  Suggested $10 offering per Mass Intention or $5 offering for an unannounced Mass Intention. Checks are to be made payable to St. Cecilia Church.  Please send or drop off your donation to: 
St. Cecilia Church
Attn: Irma Lavitoria
2555 17th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116


Recently the Archbishop convened a meeting with all pastors to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the parishes of the Archdiocese. Several parishes find themselves financially challenged and funds will be made available to assist them through these difficult times. I am happy to report to you that, through the generosity of parishioners and the careful stewardship of our finances, St. Cecilia Parish and School currently remain financially stable. We do understand that this pandemic event has had a major financial impact on many of our parishioners and we are grateful for anything that you can continue to give. ONLINE GIVING ( is utilized by many parishioners and if you require assistance please feel free to reach out to the Rectory Office.



Do you live alone or are you in a circumstance that tends to isolate you? Think... Corona Virus isolation. If so, you may want to consider joining our "Buddy Phone Chain," a lively group of parishioners who regularly receive a reassuring phone call, and then make a call to a buddy in the phone chain. This a quick, non-intrusive way to feel safer and to check in with someone you know. Your peace of mind costs nothing and only takes a few minutes each week. If interested, please call our "Buddy Phone Chain" coordinator, Diane Wienkauf at (650) 416-4741 or Fr. Paul at (415) 664-8481 to sign up or for more information.



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The Parish is offering a monthly Bible Sharing group. The group will meet on the first Wednesday evenings of the month at 7:30 PM and will be led by Terence Leung and Fr. Paul Arnoult.  It will be a one-hour meeting via Zoom and/or phone call. Prior to each meeting, we will select a scripture passage from an upcoming Sunday liturgy. During the meeting, we will read the passage and share perspectives, insights, and feelings. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link and a dial-in phone number before each meeting. All parishioners are welcome to join. To register for this class or for more information, please contact Terence at or call the Parish Office and leave a message for Fr. Paul.

Pandemic Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
the health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Pope Francis: An Important Statement Regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession During  COVID-19 Lockdown/Restriction


VATICAN CITY (CNS) March 20, 2020 - People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or other serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon, and experience God's loving forgiveness, Pope said. "This is the right time, the opportune moment.  An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like snow.  Return to your father who is waiting for you," the pope said.  "The God of tenderness will heal us; he will heal us of the many, many wounds of life and the many ugly things we have done.  God welcomes every repentant sinner with open arms, it's like going home,  Lent is a special time to let God wash us, purify us, to let God embrace us. Yes, the best place for that is the confessional.  But many people today would tell me, 'Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can't leave the house?  And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father's embrace.' "the pope said his response would be, "Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says.  It is very clear: if you cannot find a priest to confess to, then speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth.  Say 'Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me' and ask for pardon with all your heart. Make and act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, " 'I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now' And immediately you return to a state of grace with God."


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St. Cecilia's Church

2555 Seventeenth Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94116
Main Telephone: (415) 664-8481
Fax: (415) 661-2957


Emergency Sick Calls:  415-535-8719



Parish Office Hours


Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM


Current Mass Schedule


Weekdays: (Mon-Fri): 9:00 AM

Saturday: 9:00AM, (Vigil): 5:00 PM

Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM

and  11:30 AM

All Mass Schedule mentioned above  are Livestreamed at



Thanks to the Knight of St. Cecilia, the Church is open for prayer and visitation Monday - Saturday from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM




Click here to view mass live





Please call (415) 664-8481
to make an appointment
with one of the priests to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Saturday afternoons

in the Church (Bride Room)

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM




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